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Let Your Mind Run

A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory
Narrated by: Deena Kastor
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
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Summary

New York Times Best Seller

Deena Kastor was a star youth runner with tremendous promise, yet her career almost ended after college, when her competitive method - run as hard as possible, for fear of losing - fostered a frustration and negativity and brought her to the brink of burnout. On the verge of quitting, she took a chance and moved to the high altitudes of Alamosa, Colorado, where legendary coach Joe Vigil had started the first professional distance-running team. There she encountered the idea that would transform her running career: the notion that changing her thinking - shaping her mind to be more encouraging, kind, and resilient - could make her faster than she’d ever imagined possible. Building a mind so strong would take years of effort and discipline, but it would propel Kastor to the pinnacle of running - to American records in every distance from the 5K to the marathon - and to the accomplishment of earning America’s first Olympic medal in the marathon in 20 years.

Let Your Mind Run is a fascinating, intimate look inside the mind of an elite athlete, a remarkable story of achievement, and an insightful primer on how the small steps of cultivating positivity can give anyone a competitive edge.

©2018 Deena Kastor, Michelle Hamilton (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

“A candid account about the self-doubt that enters the mind of an elite athlete and how positive thinking made [Kastor] a champion both on and off the course.” (Athletes Quarterly

“Long-distance runner Deena Kastor shows the secret to her success - and as an Olympic medalist and the American female record holder in the marathon, she’s had more than a few - relies less on any inborn talents, but on ‘the power of thought, attitude and perspective.’ Through race day and training anecdotes, she reveals the mental habits anyone can use to unleash their physical and mental potential.” (Furthermore from Equinox, Five Books High Performers Should Read This Month)  

“I have been savoring every story, every morsel of motivation and empowerment; [Kastor] is one of my long time running heroes and I never want this one to end!” (Running 'n' Reading)  

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The best running book I have read/heard!!

I knew of Deena Castor as an elite marathon runner but not the life detail or her performances and records. What drew me to this book was the promise of mind over matter. Using your mind as a powerful tool to improve self and improve running performance. It is a great book with huge insight into every detail of Deena's high school running days, her rise to fame and amazing performances at the highest level. The detail in the race accounts is stunning. I loved every gripping recollection of her racing days. So much to learn and admire from one of the greats of Marathon running. A definite recommendation for anyone looking to be inspired and motivated to train harder, wiser and reach your goals.

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Wonderful and inspirational story

What a wonderful, exciting, captivating and inspirational story. I crave books on running and this one is the best I’ve read to date.

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  • Glos. UK
  • 16-06-19

Excellent all round

One of the best running books available. Well written and read by Deena. A great balance of life story and running anecdotes to engage both the runner and non runner.

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Setting positive mindset for Marathons

A great insight into the mindset of coping with marathons and life. Such a positive mentality and a real perspective into a life as a long distance athlete.

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Fascinating!!

Really fascinating look at how Deena got to where she is, and how she conquers her negative thoughts. Love the way she is able to turn her thoughts to her advantage 🙂

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A satisfied life

Great book beautifully delivered, I feel I learn from
this having priorities, focus and appreciation will create that positivity we all strive for particularly when running. I love how Deena portrays without evening realising how keeping a focused life concentrating on a few passions really brings out the best in all of us and leads to a more satisfying life. Keep it simple and look within as to what’s really important in your life.

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  • steve finkelstein
  • 19-05-18

Great book

If you ever seen Deena Kastor, she seems to smile A LOT. After reading the book, I now know that the smile reflects her way of thinking. I am not a positive thinking person. Sometimes I get put off by people who are overly positive. But that says more about me than it does about them. The thing I discovered in this book is that I could be positive, too. In my running. In the way I interact with people. In the way I live my life. I’m kind of an old fart, but I’m also willing to try new things that will make my life hopefully more enjoyable. This is a very enjoyable book, even if you don’t run. I would highly recommend it. Thanks, Ms. Kastor. Great job!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-18

Get Inspired

I've always admired Deena Kastor. Afer reading this book i admire her even more!!! I loved reading her story, hearing her perspective on racing. She has amazing mental strength and was able to reach her peak performance by changing the way she talked to herself and the way she reacted to negativity. She's a total badass!! I'm so inspired.I cant wait to incorporate her methods into my training. this book will make you want to go for a long run, it'll make you want to push yourself to the next level. Thank you Deena!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-19

Awe-inspiring and motivation for whatever your are pursuing

Couldn’t stop listening! Although I feel as though I should have gotten into shape just by listening to her mental voice narrative during training and races! Beautiful and brilliantly told story.

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  • jda9ball
  • 16-04-19

Great insight into the mind of a champion!

Deena does a fantastic job describing how she found running, and climbed up the ranks as a young high school athlete, through college and into training with Joe Vigil and her team at altitude in CO & CA!

The best part is all the little mindset nuggets that Deena shares as she was preparing for races and during races. I have taken away a lot of positive reminders that I can use in my every day life.

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  • mm
  • 27-04-18

What a fine inspirational book!

This book spoke not just about running but about life. The joy that Deena encouraged in herself was so empowering for me. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-04-18

Great book!!!

Absolutely excellent book. Such a great story and great lessons for sport and for life. Really enjoyable!! Very inspiring!

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  • Kaylene Giri
  • 27-04-18

More of an autobiography with gold nuggets

Would you try another book from Deena Kastor and Michelle Hamilton and/or Deena Kastor?

Not really. The book focused too much on Kastor's career, with many details that did not enhance the overall point of mental traning.

Which character – as performed by Deena Kastor – was your favorite?

There is really only one character in this book.

Do you think Let Your Mind Run needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

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  • Tina Williams
  • 15-08-19

Helping me change my own mental choices

A very enjoyable listen and inspirational to work on my own mental focus while training

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  • Kdmd
  • 08-08-19

Couldn’t make it

I really wanted to like this book. After reading all the great reviews, I was looking forward to listening to an inspirational read.
Ms Kastor should not have narrated her book because after listening to the first section, I felt totally distracted by her stiff reading and vocal tone. Knowing that the narration voice is an individual preference, I tried to plow on and let the story take me over. But there, I hit another roadblock. I had a hard time finding inspiration from her initial story.
“ Oh I was a natural talent, won all the awards, beat everyone; was the media, parents and coaches darling but I didn’t know what to do or why this was happening!” Even if you give her leeway due to the fact she was young and learning, it just didn’t ring true to me. Underneath all that insecurity, there was the deeper personal knowledge that she was a powerhouse of talent. I just wish she could have clearly acknowledged that. For me, the attempt to tell us how she felt in the moment ( instead of reflecting back on her struggle with insecurities vs talent ) just became another irritation rather than a compelling storyline. Maybe this book’s appeal is to the more serious runner, who could appreciate these kinds of struggles. I’m sorry to say I didn’t finish the book; if I stuck with it, perhaps I would have found the golden nuggets of her story.

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  • tyuui
  • 03-08-19

Great story of personal growth and development

This book inspired me to keep working on personal development and mental strengthening. Deena epitomizes positive mental attitude and mental strength.